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Careers Champion March 2017

Congratulations to Finneen Bradley – the fifth Careers Champion

After an brilliant final which saw over 20,000 votes cast, Finneen Bradley from North West Regional College, Northern Ireland, was confirmed as the winner. She polled an amazing 59% of votes and was pushed all the way by runner-up Neil Pritchard from Glyndwr University in Wrexham.

Other finalists Lorraine Amies (Robert Gordon University), Tim Mayall (The Work Company), Sarah Birkbeck (City College Southampton) and Clare Griffiths (University of Brighton) also polled 1000s of votes between them.

Finneen Bradley

A highly motivated and proactive Careers professional, Finneen has worked at North West Regional College in Derry for almost 10 years. As manager of NWRC’s Careers Academy, Finneen has rapidly developed this newly established department to exceed expectations on every level, enriching the lives of further and higher education students and apprentices. This has included the delivery of dozens of interactive workshops as well as the growing success of the ‘Inspire’ programme in an area of social deprivation where widening access is key to NWRC’s objectives. Colleague and nominator Karen Moore said: “Finneen is a careers machine. She is the most powerful, dedicated organised woman I have had the privilege of working with. She eats and breathes all things careers, from CDI stats to innovative and creative employability ideas.”

Also Nominated for the March 2017 Award

Neil Pritchard

Neil Pritchard

Neil has been a Careers Adviser at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University since 2007. He works closely with students, graduates and employers and is involved with various careers education work on programmes within the university. Neil has worked tirelessly over the past 9 years in developing Creative Futures – a careers focussed conference that brings over 50 industry leaders in the creative arts from around the world to the University annually, to share their insights and inspirational stories with students. Among his nominators was colleague Katie Brute who said: “Neil performs miracles with the tiniest budget, takes on board student and staff feedback to try and improve the student experience every year, and to ensure inclusivity and accessibility. He is incredible, but far too modest. He deserves recognition for his amazing contribution.”

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Lorraine Amies

Lorraine Amies

Lorraine has been a Careers Consultant at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University since 2008. As well as working with students and recent graduates on career planning, Lorraine also supports the careers team with day to day duties as well as researching and supporting additional activities such as on-course materials, online employability topics and liaising with employers. In recent years, she has also held supporting posts as secretary (Scotland) and Liason Officer – RICS with AGCAS. Colleague Craig Leith said: “I think Lorraine is more than a worthy Careers Champion. She has helped me greatly in developing and delivering a new module linked to industry preparedness. These and all her dealings with my students are always done with passion, enthusiasm and empathy. Honestly, Lorraine is simply fantastic."

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Sarah Birbeck

Sarah Birbeck

For the last 14 years Sarah has been supporting students at Southampton City College, firstly as a Higher Education Adviser and more recently as Futures Officer. She was a key member of the team in ensuring the College passed its IAG Matrix accreditation and received glowing reports from the assessors. Sarah is part of the IAG networking group and has used this to implement new systems including setting up a Careers Policy for the College which is now promoted to students, parents and agencies. Employer and nominator Lorraine Wheeler added: “Sarah has developed innovative employability tutorials which have been accessed by 100% and received excellent feedback. She is a dedicated individual who is passionate about supporting students and enabling them to make informed decisions on their futures.”

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Clare Griffiths

Clare Griffiths

A highly respected educator, Clare has been working with students, providers and budding entrepreneurs at The University of Brighton for over 10 years. In her role at Business Development Manager (Entrepreneurship) Clare runs Bee Purple which helps students set up businesses and delivers workshops on enterprise within many courses across the university. A natural innovator, Clare has created and recently released Skills on Tap, an award winning edtech application which helps students and graduates develop their employability skills, and find graduate jobs. Colleague Sam Rhodes added: “Clare also designed a 3 day employability and enterprise course for unemployed graduates called "The Big6" focusing on six main employability skills. Every year she acquires funding to run enterprise awards, enabling students to get much needed start-up money."

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Tim Mayall

Tim Mayall

Tim has worked as a National Careers Adviser since 2011 and currently operates in Manchester as a Quality Lead Adviser with The Work Company. His high level of professionalism and dedication knows no bounds and he has effectively injected careers information, advice and guidance into the lives of thousands of individuals from a variety of challenging backgrounds. Colleague and nominator Kimberley Wray said: “Tim is extremely well respected across our Greater Manchester team, and also by his external colleagues and partners, and recently achieved a grade one in observation through a recent Ofsted inspection. He has led on the quality assurance for the wider team, providing qualitative feedback and support to colleagues that increased positive achievement. He also regularly supports new advisers in induction and best practice."

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